UPDATE Oct. 13: Police said Tuesday that a man killed in a fiery crash two days earlier in far east El Paso was the victim of murder, and officials confirmed to ABC-7 that the victim was a U.S. Army logistics officer stationed at Fort Bliss.
27–year-old Army Capt. Malcolm Xavier Perry died of injuries he suffered when investigators said his car was intentionally rammed from behind by a Jeep at John Hayes and N. Zaragosa on Sunday morning.
“Capt. Perry recently took command of Bravo Company and was selected to be a Company Commander for his passion for leadership and expertise,” said Lt. Col. Gilberto Escobedo, 123rd Brigade Support Battalion Commander. “It was my pleasure to serve with him... his service to the Army and our Nation will not be forgotten.”
The Jeep driver fled the crash scene, authorities said, but was later identified as 23–year old Richard Mustapha Sennessie.
Sennessie was taken into custody Tuesday by federal marshals and was booked into the downtown jail on a charge of murder.
ORIGINAL REPORT Oct. 11: EL PASO, Texas – A fiery crash in far east El Paso early Sunday morning sent a motorist to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.
The single-car crash happened just before 6 a.m. at John Hayes Street and Zaragoza.
The car could be seen upside down at the scene and appeared to be charred from the flames.
Police have not released any details on what caused the crash or the identity of the person who was seriously injured.